Video: F-35 Arrives at Eglin AFB, FL

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by SgtWookie, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. SgtWookie

    Thread Starter Expert

    Jul 17, 2007
    This just happened Jan 11th; an old buddy of mine sent me the link to the video.
    The squadron that my buddy and I served together in years gone by was decommissioned due to BRAC in the 1990's; but they have re-commissioned the use of the name "Warlords" and the call-sign "VM" for use with VMFAT-501; the 1st Lightning training squadron. If you're observant, you'll notice a tiny vertical "V M" on the tail.

    I'm sorry I didn't get to see the actual landing. Beenthere would have eaten this up; he was a huge aviation fan like me.
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  2. spinnaker

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 29, 2009
    What an awesome piece of equipment. Thanks for posting.

    I think I would give just about anything to go for a ride in a state of the art fighter jet. And a carrier launch too.... ! :)
  3. Sparky49

    Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Carrier launch would be cool...

    Providing you don't have to land on it again...

    Millions of dollars spent on this aircraft, and the arrester hook is too close to the wheels to catch the cables properly! Great news for our navy which currently has no aircraft for its carriers and which was planning to use these. I'd be interested to see how much it costs to fix the problem?

    Still, it's a fine aircraft.:)

  4. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    The F22 is a much better aircraft, but hellaciously more expensive. I think they build around 57 before discontinuing them.
  5. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    The F-35B and the Harrier that it replaced can take off and land vertically, which the F-22 can't do.
  6. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    With the F35 it is an option, but it won't be on every variation.
  7. magnet18

    Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    1. I want one
    2. I'm about 85% sure my dad worked on that plane
    3. tesla has a patent for vtol